If you’re ready to gear up and prepare for the world of driving in Ontario, this guide explores everything you need to know. The province has a graduated driver’s license system, and the first step to getting your full G license is your G1. Here’s how to get your G1 and what to expect once you have it.
What is a G1 License?
A G1 license is the first of three licenses you must obtain to operate a passenger vehicle without restrictions in Ontario. While you have a G1 license, you can gain the experience needed to qualify for a G2, which allows you to drive by yourself with some conditions.
How do You Get a G1 License?
To take your test and obtain your G1, you should visit a DriveTest centre and be ready to pay the required fees when you pass the exam. You need to be 16 years or older, have valid identification, pass an eye exam, and complete a written road test. Once you pass the test, you’ll be able to pay for your license.
What Questions Will I Get on the G1 Test?
The questions on the G1 test cover rules of the road you need to know to operate a vehicle safely. If you’d like to study for the exam, you can obtain a copy of Ontario’s Official Driver Handbook, which contains the questions you need to know the answers to.
G1 License Restrictions
Once you receive your G1 license, you’re allowed to operate a vehicle anywhere in Ontario under the following limitations:
- You must drive under the supervision of someone possessing a valid G2 license and four years of driving experience.
- You must drive only between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. You’re not allowed to drive overnight.
- There is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol. You’re in violation if you have any alcohol in your system, regardless of blood-alcohol content.
- You’re to avoid 400-series highways and high-speed expressways.
Once you have at least one year of driving experience with your G1, you can test for the G2, which will ease some of these restrictions.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a G1 License?
The exact cost of your license may vary, depending on whether you pass your exam the first time or need to take it multiple times. It costs $16 for each test if you take multiple attempts to pass. You can view all of the G-Class License fees here.
Consequences of Driving Without a G1 License
Driving without a valid license or proper supervision can result in serious consequences. Operating a vehicle without a license can carry a fine of up to $1,000, for example. It can also make it harder to get your G2 or G license.
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